Adapted Digital Assessments
Who can use digital papers?
Pupils who are placed at a 'substantial disadvantage' with the usual 'published assessment arrangements'.
They are for learners who:
- have difficulty with reading ordinary exam papers,
- or with writing or recording responses.
For these pupils, the school can apply to the SQA to use 'Assessment Arrangements' for disabled candidates and/or those identified as having ASN.
A key part of this is ensuring schools meet their duties under the equality act 2010.
How many pupils are using them?
In 2016, there were:
- 4,802 requests for digital papers for 2,057 candidates.
Over half the schools in Scotland now use digital papers.
What do digital papers look like?
There are 2 types of digital paper:
- 'Question and answer' digital papers
- 'Question only' digital papers
- 'Question and answer' papers
PDF file with answer boxes so that candidates can type their answers (on screen).
- 'Question only' papers
Supplied with 'Digital answer booklets' so that candidates can type their answers (on screen).
How easy are they to implement?
- 1. The school applies to the SQA to use digital papers.
- 2. SQA sends digital papers on CD (some weeks in advance) and/or the school
downloads them from SQA's secure site on the day of the examination.
- 3. Digital papers can then be setup on...
- A computer with Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word and a text reader;
- or an iPad (various apps).
- 4. On the day of the exam, school staff load the the digital papers (and answer booklets, if required) on to a computer or iPad.
- 5. Completed digital papers and answer booklets are printed off and sent to the SQA to be marked.